Maryland's effort to control the state in recruiting isn't just about the stars — it's also about the depth. McDonogh School guard Ellis McKennie's decision to officially sign his National Letter of Intent with the Terrapins on Wednesday brings some of that depth to UMD.
The three-star offensive lineman from Owings Mills verbally committed to the Terps in May and officially signed with Maryland on National Signing Day. He ranks as the 78th-best offensive guard in the nation and the 29th-best player in the state of Maryland.
At 6 feet, 4 inches and 310 pounds, McKennie is also accomplished in the shot put for McDonogh. His size and strength are what immediately stands out and should let him at least compete with Boulware and Donahue for an immediate role. Starter Silvano Altamirano is graduating, leaving an opening at left guard for UMD.
Here's McKennie's highlight film: